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Absolutely amazing. A cinematic microcosm of society. For those of you
uninterested in topics like '1984' and 'Animal Farm', watch this film
for a hazard course in understanding the human condition. From start to
end you see a small-scale depiction of society from it's most basic
'proletariat' level, right up to the elite, in perfect order. And we
see the evolution of civilisation from simple beginnings to science,
education, quality, luxury, then hedonism, wastefulness and eventual
demise, in exactly that order.
All of that can be overlooked, however, if you're just the average movie-goer who simply wants a good story with a hero, an adventure and an end goal. In which case I say the film is a good one but nothing special in that respect. Certainly there were parts where I thought, "eh?", until it clicked later that it was all part of the Director's greater cinematic design.
But for the arty film student types, this film is sure to be the topic of many, many essays for years to come.
Clearly every part of the film was deliberate - every shot, every line of script, every item in the background. It was true art. None of that quick-buck profit-incentive Hollywood stuff.
In conclusion I recommend this film to everyone, particularly people who want to learn something or gain some insight from what they watch. For the everyday movie-lover, go into this with an open mind and have a really long think about how you can compare it to the world today.
Top stuff, 10/10
Just watched Snowpiercer yesterday and it simply blew me away leaving me numb and dumbfounded. I was pleasantly surprised by the movie's extremely ambitious, visually stunning and richly satisfying futuristic story that reflects the various aspects of our society from within. The director's use of numerous allegories not only adds that little "oomph" to the film but it puts your mind in a thrilling roller-coaster ride, leaving you constantly pondering about the meaning of 'justice' and its respective costs. Snowpiercer provides a great enjoyment that pierces through your mind and imaginations. Big applause to Director Bong and his crews in delivering such thought provoking, breathtaking enjoyment. Thank you
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Remember Metropolis, the great silent film by Fritz Lang, and probably the most revered science-fiction film of all times ? Well, if Snowpiercer is not such an absolute masterpiece, I do believe it's the best reiteration of the same concept that made Lang's film so unique : asking questions about the condition of mankind in a futuristic society, and how it does and does not evolve as compared with current times.
It's good that not all near-blockbuster scale sci-fi movies do not come out of Hollywood anymore. Snowpiercer is based on a long-forgotten 70's French graphic novel. The Korean director got his hands on a bootleg translation in a Seoul bookshop while filming The Host and got totally hooked. The end product is a French-Korean production, in the making of which one of the authors of the original graphic novel got directly involved.
The plot is simple : ecologist freaks have pushed governments to unleash a gas in the atmosphere to control global warming, this proved so effective that the world is now a standalone, snow-covered giant ice cap. The only survivors are all aboard a revolutionary train that goes on and on making loops around the world. It's like Noah's Ark, but including the politics that come with it : first class, second class, workers, fraudsters, the ticket is your fate - for generations. And the consequences are extreme, to such and extent that you can't conceive. Prepare to be shocked at times. Imagine the vertical multistoreyed humanity of Lang's Metropolis, the horizontal way. Some of the tail section fraudsters decide to rebel against their condition and progress to the head car of the train regardless of the risks. Every car they go through bears its grotesque and mind-bending surprises. And tells us more about how this society actually works and what it relies on.
This film has style. Even though it reminds of Gilliam (see 12 monkeys) and Matsumoto (Galaxy Express), there is real personality and originality. CGI is limited to a few breathtaking scenes that really add up to the storyline. Acting is mostly excellent, especially by Ed Harris and John Hurt. But most importantly, this film triggers reflection, soul-searching and debate like true Sci-Fi gems should. Unlike most Hollywood movies, it is not Manichaean : the story and morals are complex and debatable. You heart keeps swinging for scene to scene as you learn more. The ending asks a lot of questions.
All in all, when the end credits start rolling, it's a film you want to rewatch, not because you haven't understood, but because you want to understand more, and experience more.
Wow, i honestly did not expect much from this movie from the trailer.
The message seemed one dimensional, and the whole 'action' bit from the
trailer wasn't really that impressing. Only thing that dragged me to
the theater was the director's name (also the great cast), and i am
happy to say that i'm pleasantly blown away by director Bong once
again. The movie looked great, the first half was beyond thrilling, the
acting for the latter half was just, top notch, the action was bloody
and fantastic, and most of all, the ideology behind the story was
interesting to say at least.
I can't really say anything more than that since saying anything beside the trailer would be a dead giveaway, but really, wow.
I honestly don't know how the director's unique style and choices would get to the American audience, but as a person who enjoys this strange and beautiful execution of director Bong, this movie fulfilled everything i want from Bong's film an intellectual Sifi movie. It gave me a handful amount of things to think and talk about, and those kinds of movies always give me the best movie experiences. Definitely one of the must watches of this year.
When I saw that IMDb had a trailer for this movie on its home page, I
was pretty surprised. Even though it has some well known actors from
the U.S., I didn't think a Korean movie would end up being shown there.
After watching the trailer, I was really excited to see the movie. I
love movies. I go and watch movies all the time, but sadly I'm not very
critical about them.
However, this movie was amazing. I strongly recommend watching it. It's spectacular. Even though it's considered "low budget" by Hollywood standards, it has amazing visuals and a great story line. I was riveted the whole way through. I really can't stop thinking about the movie and how I think I might even go back to the theater to see it again (which is something I never do). So really--it's great. I'm not a huge fan of the ending, but overall the movie was fantastic!
To start you off on describing how much I loved this move, I will tell you that I have watched this movie 4 times in theaters. I am a Korean- American, and I went to Korea for the Summer Break after completing my first year of college. I had heard throughout the year that director Bong was directing a film based off of a French graphic novel. I thought it was interesting, but decided to lose interest so that I could watch the film in Korea without expectations. So upon my arrival to Korea, I set out to watch this phenomenal movie starring some of the most well-respected actors and actresses in the world. The story was challenging and bold, the acting was astounding, the CG was exquisite, and the build up throughout the movie was subtle and unnoticeable. This movie will blow you away. I even have to say it surpasses my previous favorite film, Inception. Snowpiercer has depth, an uniquely innovative quality, and a daring message.
I have watched this for third time by now and I can say this is the true masterpiece which would be quoted in the Film hisstory for long. It has it own entertaining quality and at the same time, it is very philosophical. First time I have watched I did not quite understand the last part of the movie and felt it is a bit weird, but after finally I've watched this movie again.... I saw details which I have missed when i first saw this movie whilst absorbed into its entertaining moment..... and then when i get to the ending, I felt like wow.. this is masterpiece!... I think Chris Evans should be pround of his choice and his acting and Tilda swinton is just awesome.... and Grey is so attrative in this film! and other actors did great job here. Except CGI where it looks like unreal animation when it crashes into the ice,(although its animatic quality when the viewing from outside the window looks not really real, but it looks beautiful which makes this movie so much more unique.) this movie deserves the praise!.
'Snowpiercer' is an ambitious and serious movie about situation after end of the world. The storyline isn't original actually, it could be inspired by Noah who built a big boat to avoid doomsday while 'Snowpiercer' is in the train. From start till the end of the movie is about group of people from tail section who is commanded by Curtis want to rebel and go through the front section to kill Wilford (the train maker) after injustice they've received for many years. 'Snowpiercer' is undeniably fun and visually stunning. The film shows brutality which is interesting to see. Some scenes really tense and thrilling especially when they have war against soldiers, it's an unbelievable experience. Perhaps there are some things isn't explained more detail and lacks humanity but it doesn't bother the plot in it. Bong Joon Ho takes his responsibility on international debut really well although 'Snowpiercer' is still below from his best, I think it will open an opportunity for him to create more visionary movies in Hollywood industry.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
From the beginning I did not expect something deeply profound from
"Snowpiercer". This is a Scifi based on a French cartoon and directed
by a talented Korean director, starred by celebrity actors, but what
else could I expect? But the conclusion I got after seeing the movie
was the movie deserves to be called "masterpiece".
The plot is hasty from the starting. The story appears to narrate how the subjugated tail revolts against the dominating head class sitting in the train. However, behind the plot there is cold-blooded insight about human nature and human society. Mason says, "You are preordained." The movie seems to proclaim freedom and equality. But I think the hidden point is, Mankind's evil side in a closed situation. Wilford says "We need to manage a balance."
This is very provocative. When looking back human's history, how many dictators used this kind of similar logic? This question let me think about what is nation, what is human society again.
Director Bong scams us by showing a ambiguous negotiation between Curtis and Wilford, instead, he shows us another glimpse of beginning. The last scene reminded me of "Knowing"s ending. But not as religious as it.
Beautiful acting of Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris. Charismatic acting of Gangho Song, John Hurt. Sarcasism about high class people. Excellent directing, Enough room for discussion about the theme. Flawless philosophical sci-fi action thriller movie. And, Hail to the director Bong.
I saw this film twice and I intend to watch it several times more. Bong Joon-Ho shows that his limits as a director has not been outlined yet and still possesses more potential than ever with this film. The film, itself, is beautiful. The cinematography is great, the acting is great, the overall 'flow' of the film is, in the least, more than satisfactory. This is Bong Joon-Ho's first film to direct a film using foreign-language and foreign actors. But the film shows none of this language-barrier is an obstacle to him. This film, Snowpiercer, more than proves he is capable of directing films outside of Korea and shows that films are all composed of a universal language: image
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